Stone Fox Resource Set

Lesson Plans • Resources • Activities


Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

This captivating and relatable novel follows ten year-old Willy as he tries to save his Grandfather’s farm from tax collectors. If he can find a way to beat the undefeated Stone Fox in the National Dogsled Race, the prize money will be enough to pay the debt. John Reynolds Gardiner’s Stone Fox presents rich themes of friendship, loyalty, and generosity that will engage students in asking thoughtful questions and supporting their responses by referencing, synthesizing, and making inferences from the text.

Teach with Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Asking and Answering Questions
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 RL.3.9 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Instructional Overview: 3.10A 3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6C 3.6D 3.6E 3.6F 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8A 3.8B 3.8C 3.9C
  • Vocabulary: 3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F
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    Stone Fox Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for asking and answering questions, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Stone Fox Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10A 3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6C 3.6D 3.6E 3.6F 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8A 3.8B 3.8C 3.9C

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Asking and Answering Questions

    Using Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner, students will discover how asking and answering questions makes them a more focused reader and increases their understanding of the text. This first Book Club meeting challenges students to ask who, what, where, when, why, and how questions using the book's cover.

    Meeting #2: Asking and Answering Questions about Characters

    Asking and answering questions about the characters in the story is one way for readers to connect with the characters. This Stone Fox Book Club meeting focuses on not only asking questions about characters, but also answering the questions by citing the text.

    Meeting #3: Asking and Answering Questions about Events

    When asking questions about the events in John Reynolds Gardiner's Stone Fox, readers will be able to better understand what is happening in the story and anticipate what might come next. This meeting provides a ready-to-use activity for students to practice this skill.

    Meeting #4: Making Inferences to Answer Questions

    This Stone Fox Book Club meeting takes answering questions a step further. Sometimes, authors like John Reynolds Gardiner don't leave the answers to our questions directly in the text, but rather provide clues about the characters and events. Students will practice reading these clues to answer their questions about the story.

    Meeting #5: Synthesizing to Answer Questions

    This final Stone Fox Book Club meeting provides readers the opportunity to pull together multiple facts from the text and make a logical guess to answer their questions. Students will also demonstrate their synthesizing skills by creating Searchlight Memory Board as a culminating activity for this Book Club.

    Stone Fox Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with asking and answering questions.

    Stone Fox Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Stone Fox and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Stone Fox Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Stone Fox. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Stone Fox Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Stone Fox, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Stone Fox Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F

    Stone Fox Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by the Stone Fox Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Stone Fox Resource Set.

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